WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The suspension of six Wake Forest football players over the weekend was caused by a random drug test, according to multiple sources.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that sources said Coach Jim Grobe suspended Merrill “Bud” Noel, Mike Olson, Daniel Mack, Frank Souza, Deandre Martin and Airyn Willis for one game because of marijuana use.
The sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to reveal the information. They included acquaintances of the players and a member of the athletics department.
“It’s not anything I am privileged to talk about,” Grobe told The Journal. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you either way.”
The Deacons lost 19-14 at Maryland during the suspension of the team members. The setback dropped Wake Forest to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in ACC play going into its next game at Virginia on Oct. 13.
Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.